Jello math

by bledsoe on September 3, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, The Maker asked me if we could make some Jello. One morning a few days ago I asked him if he'd rather read or make Jello and he said make Jello, so I said as soon as he cleaned up his breakfast mess and put away all the clean dishes we'd make Jello.

I had him read the directions on the back (the word gelatin was challenging) and get out all the stuff we'd need, including the measuring cup, and as he was getting out the measuring cup he asked if he could do all the measuring because he likes to measure stuff, and then he said, seemingly out of nowhere, "I like numbers."

I asked him why he liked numbers and he said, "Cause you can do so many different things with them. You can measure stuff, you can multiply them, you can add and subtract them, you can count with them. Also, they make patterns." I said I liked the patterns that numbers make, too. Then I said numbers can also be used to predict things, and he asked what that meant and before I could tell him my example of a graph that kept going up so you could predict what the next number was going to be, he said, "Oh, I know!" and proceeded to explain how if you were counting by fours, you'd go 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, etc. and then you'd know the next number would be 24.

Then we made the Jello. Actually he made it, I just sat and typed this blog post.

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